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Doug Wamble

Doug Wamble

“People hear the word ‘country,'” muses Doug Wamble, “and they don’t understand that country is not about the music. It’s about the fact that I’m just country. I cook country food, I wear country clothes sometimes and my family is culturally Southern.”

Wamble (pronounced “WOM-bull”) has just played a set at New York City’s Jazz Standard with Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra, and his featured song in the first set was a swaggering vocal take on Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours”; in the second set he’ll croon “You’se a Viper,” a hoary ode to marijuana by violinist Stuff Smith. On the whole, the gig is a perfect showcase for the guitarist-singer’s expansive musical worldview-even if his own sensibilities, as captured on the impressive debut effort Country Libations (Marsalis Music), hew closer to down-home than downtown.

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